Bring to your lesson

Image of Alexander Technique teacher with student on a table in comfortable clothes. betterATbeing provides hands-on lessons in this life-enhancing mind-body method.

Clothes you can move in

Comfortable clothes and fabrics that stretch are best for an AT lesson. Because even though Alexander Technique does not demand athletic movement, it does require that your head, neck, limbs and joints be free. In addition, you may find it helpful to take off your shoes, and you will need to remove your hat, or any other head coverings. Because your teacher's hands must be able to make direct contact with your head.

You will spend some of your time lying down on a table with your knees up.  So if you wear a dress or skirt, wear tights or leggings for modesty and freedom.

Your mask

Both teacher and student (and anyone else) must wear masks in the teaching studio.

And for other Covid-19-related protocols please visit the Covid-19 page.

 

An open mind

Be prepared to stretch your mind. Because Alexander Technique really isn't quite like anything else. First, to fully appreciate how it works, you will need to open yourself to new experiences. And you can't safely assume that AT is best understood by direct comparison with something you are already familiar with. Because AT is significantly different from Feldenkreis, yoga, massage, chiropractic treatment, meditation, and other modalities. So dress your mind in comfortable clothes along with your body - it's going to need room to move.

Your full attention

You will need to put aside the demands and distractions of everyday life for about 45 minutes while the lesson is being conducted. For your lesson, turn your cell phone off. For your "homework," you will also need to repeat this quieting process for two twenty-minute "lie-down" sessions per day.

Your spirit of adventure

In addition to the twice-daily lie-down sessions, you'll be applying your new Alexander skills in the course of your own everyday activities whenever possible.

Whenever you can, bring back questions from your life experiences with AT to ask your teacher. And experiment as often as possible with your new skills. Using them never gets boring, and the more willing you are to try things out, in lessons and in life, the more you will learn and enjoy your new discoveries and abilities.